APC 8: Anchoring low carbon technology in the UK – Accelerating sustainable change

Key Features

Up to £35 million matched grant funding is available through the latest round of APC competition and projects from consortia that can actively acceleration low-carbon propulsion technologies to market are urged to apply for this latest round of funding.

Programme:     Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC)

Award:     Up to £28m

Opens: 10th Jul 2017

Closes: 27th Sep 2017

! This scheme is now closed

As the global automotive industry addresses the challenge of producing lower-carbon transportation and improving air quality, a supply chain has yet to develop for the next generation of light weight vehicles and propulsion systems, not just in the UK, but internationally.

APC8 is seeking proposals for collaborative research and development projects that demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Thermal Propulsion System

Projects are required to lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality under operational conditions. Both CO2 and air quality improvements should be made with reference to comparable, best-in-class vehicles. Applicants must also clearly show, how the project will strengthen UK capability and develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles.

The competition’s aim is to develop on-vehicle technologies and vehicle infrastructure interfaces – for either on-road or off-road vehicles.  Technologies that primarily reside off the vehicle, are out of scope.

Funding details

  • Total eligible project costs are expected to be between £5M and £40M.
  • Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months.

For industrial research, you could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME .

For experimental development, you could get up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME .